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An essay on the history and reality of apparitions. : Being an account of what they are, and what they are not; whence they come, and whence they come not. As also how we may distinguish between the apparitions of good and evil spirits and how we ought to behave to them. With a great variety of surprizing and diverting examples, never publish'd before

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An essay on the history and reality of apparitions. : Being an account of what they are, and what they are not; whence they come, and whence they come not. As also how we may distinguish between the apparitions of good and evil spirits and how we ought to behave to them. With a great variety of surprizing and diverting examples, never publish'd before


Published 1727
Topics Apparitions
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Title in black and red

Plates engraved by J. Van der Gucht: front., pl.101, 139,237,295 & 370

Page 146 misnumbered 164

Moore

Boston Public Library (Rare Book Dept.) has two copies: copy on Defoe 21.E815 1727 lacks plate op. 101, was bound in 19th c. panelled calf by F. Bedford and was ex libris Huth Collection, sold June 1912 as lot 2286. Copy on Defoe 27.20 is complete


Publisher London : J. Roberts
Pages 434
Possible copyright status NOT_IN_COPYRIGHT
Language English
Call number 39999059852754
Digitizing sponsor Boston Public Library
Book contributor Boston Public Library
Collection bostonpubliclibrary; americana
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Reviewer: dhaley - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 5, 2012
Subject: What should we think about the spirit world?
This is one of two works Daniel Defoe did on the spirit world, this one being an examination of spirits, apparitions, visitations etc. and what nature these visits take. His other book is a History of the Devil, which looks at the variety of methods and devious techniques he employs, his strength and his limitations. In the spirit realm we know of Angelic visits in important tasks but there are lesser angels who appear or visit dreams, and influence the way we think. These visits are considered by the nature of the message conveyed, and whether the purpose of the messenger is deemed good or bad. The devil does not as a rule take time to influence men for good, nor indeed trouble himself about small matters. Defoe gives numerous examples of visitations, and inspects the results of the warnings to men. Many times men will hear warnings, understand them fully and still refuse to heed them. Countless great men fell on such occasions, and innumerable common men. Also Defoe considers departed humans, whether they can come back to visit or warn their relatives, or comfort the family on their passing. You will need to read it to find out. It is probably not what you think. I think the book takes a kind of person, like myself who wants to consider how the spirit world works in its relationship to us carnal beings awaiting our own time to find a spiritual home.
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